Azealia Banks quite skillfully went after Iggy Azalea on Twitter today, slamming the “Fancy” singer for being silent on issues affecting Black Americans.
Iggy Azalea claims to be a legitimate rapper, has a black boyfriend (a basketball player who calls himself “Swaggy P”), and her entire career is based on appropriating black culture. But she has shown little more than indifference on matters concerning the multiple deaths of unarmed black men, an issue that has been prevalent for a long time but has recently fostered more and more outrage this year, starting with the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
A grand jury cleared the NYPD officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man suspected of selling loose cigarettes. The entire incident was caught on video, with the officer shown putting Garner in a choke-hold. Garner yelled 11 times: “I can’t breathe.” Eventually, he could no longer speak and died.
The coroner ruled the death a homicide, stating that excessive force used by the police officer played a role in Garner’s death.
NYC (and other major cities around the U.S.) erupted in protest today, chanting, “I Can’t Breathe.” Celebrities such as Gabrielle Union, Jesse Williams, John Legend, Penn Badgley, Aaron Paul, Ellen Pompeo, and Jeffrey Wright have all spoken out, calling the failure to indict the NYPD officer a gross injustice. Rapper J.Cole was even spotted at the protest in NYC. (He recently took a shot at Iggy Azalea in his upcoming album: “While silly n—as argue over who gon’ snatch the crown/ Look around, my n—a, white people have snatched the sound/ This year I’ll probably go to the awards dapper down/ Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile.”)
Here were some of Azealia Banks’ tweets.
Iggy Azalea’s response?
If you ask me, Iggy comes across extremely ignorant in these tweets, especially when she writes: “In other news that actually relates to me…” Iggy has no problem making money off of black culture, all thanks to a black rapper named T.I. who took a chance on her, but when it comes to black issues, it doesn’t “relate” to her. She’s basically expressing the point-of-view of a privileged white girl who can afford not to think about these issues, despite trying to embed herself in black culture and demanding to be taken seriously as a rapper.
It’s no surprise that “Igloo Australia” started trending soon after Azealia Banks went on her rant. First of all, it’s hilarious and I hope the name sticks for years to come (if Iggy is still around). And secondly, Iggy’s response is kind of rage-inducing.